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Master’s Degree in Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science (BIRS) Graduate Program at Purdue University

The Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science Graduate Program (BIRS) is offered in the U.S. and in Africa.

This master‘s degree program consists of 10 courses (each 3 credit hours) and a special project (3 credit hours) for a total of 33 credit hours. There are four Technology Leadership and Innovation (TLI) courses and six Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science (BIRS) courses. The TLI core courses are designed to offer students an understanding of all aspects of Quality. The concentration courses contribute to the understanding of Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science. TLI 521, 522, and 524 provide in-depth content knowledge related to Biotechnology and Pharma. IT 535, MET 527, and OLS 579 courses are designed to provide students with knowledge to lead and manage operations associated with this industry.

Sustainable Medicine in Africa

Tanzania, Africa

Dr. Stephen Byrn teaches several times a year in Tanzania, Africa. The "Sustainable Medicine in Africa" program was established by Dr. Byrn, Purdue University College of Pharmacy; Sister Zita Ekeocha and the late Mr. John Chilunda, St. Luke Foundation /Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy (SLF/KSP) in Tanzania; and Prof. Joseph Fortunak, Howard University. The first course was taught in March 2008.

Purdue’s collaboration with the KSP began when a Nigerian medical missionary, Sister Zita Ekeocha, contacted Dr. Byrn. She ran the industrial Pharmacy teaching unit at the KSP in Tanzania, and wanted the Purdue College of Pharmacy to send someone to install a manufacturing lab, teach good manufacturing practices (GMP), and manufacture medicines. Byrn worked with Howard University, Sister Zita and the Roman Catholic church, the St. Luke Foundation (a Lutheran organization which operates the KSP), the German government (which provides a lot of the funding and laboratory equipment), and the Tanzanian government to develop and run the program, which officially began in March 2008.

For more information or to apply, please email Dr. Stephen Byrn.

For more information, read:

2012 international news articles about the Sustainable Medicine in Africa program

Making Medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainable Medicine program in Tanzania

December 2011 IPPH newsletter (pp. 3&4) features Dr. Byrn's and two Purdue graduate students' Tanzania trip in August 2011.

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